Planar interdigital sensors based looseness estimation of leather

V. Kasturi*, S. C. Mukhopadhyay

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An interdigital based sensing system to measure looseness in the sheepskin to alter the tanning process to produce better quality leather has been fabricated and developed. The sensor has the planar interdigital structure and the consecutive fingers are connected to positive and negative electrodes respectively. The proximity depth of electric field can be adjusted by varying the distance between two electrodes of opposite polarity. Electric field lines pass through the leather (skin) under test, and the reactive impedance of the sensor depends on the material dielectric properties as well as on the electrode and material geometry, is measured. From the measurement the effective permittivity of the sensor is calculated which is related to the quality of leather. It is possible to predict some information of skin quality during various stages of leather processing, which will be very useful for optimizing the process of leather manufacture to achieve the desired qualities in the finished product.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Third International Conference on Sensing Technology
Subtitle of host publicationNational Cheng-Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan, November 30 - December 3, 2008
EditorsS. C. Mukhopadhyay, G. Sen Gupta, Ray Y. M. Huang
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781424421770
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event3rd International Conference on Sensing Technology, ICST - 2008 - Tainan, Taiwan
Duration: 30 Nov 20083 Dec 2008


Other3rd International Conference on Sensing Technology, ICST - 2008


  • Leather
  • Non-invasive inspection
  • Nondestructive testing
  • Pelt
  • Planar interdigital sensor
  • Tanning.


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